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PEBB Webinars

Be sure to check out this month's webinars from your health plans, wellbeing vendors, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) -- Canopy (not for OSU) and Beyond Benefits (OSU only).

Learn how to:
  • Give your brain a break
  • Get started with exercise
  • Reframe your focus on physical activity
  • Plan for retirement
  • Refinance and pay off your home sooner
  • Relax and wind down

New State Employees be sure to check out Uplift Oregon's workshop “Uplift your Benefits." This workshop is designed to help you make the most of your new benefits.

Moda members join May's Mindset Matters challenge.

Special event for all members! Join WebMD's HealthyYou Physical Activity Challenge

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May Wellness and Benefits News

It’s been a rough couple of years. Between the fear and uncertainty during the pandemic, shifting cultural norms, global unrest, and rising costs, it’s been an unsettling time. Many people have been feeling depressed, fearful, and/or anxious. Now is a good time to ask yourself: How am I really doing?

Just like you visit the doctor for a physical check-up, it’s good to have an emotional check-up too. Mental/emotional health is an important part of your total well-being. Just like a sinus infection or a sprained ankle, it’s important to take care of your emotional health and address issues quickly. In this edition, we’ll cover how to know when you need help, where to turn if you need a hand, and ways to overcome fears of seeking care.

How to know when you need help

pic2-need-help.jpgThese past two years have been an emotional roller coaster. We’ve all experienced anxiety, stress, irritation, and/or sadness. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, about 4 in 10 adults have experienced depression or anxiety during the pandemic. This is up from 1 in 10 adults in the years before COVID-19 became a household name.

Even so, mental health is a continuum. Most of us slide back and forth on the scale throughout our lives. We have high points, low points, and points in between. But, if you’re struggling, how do you know when it’s time to seek professional help?

One way to tell is to take a confidential online emotional health assessment. (See below article: "Perform a mental/emotional health check-up" to learn more.) Another way is to watch for signs like these:
  • Constant worrying, irritability, or a feeling of hopelessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping or getting too much sleep
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Increased alcohol consumption or substance use

Where to turn

Are you experiencing some signs? PEBB offers these two ways to support you and your eligible family members when you need it: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  1. What it covers. The EAP provides in-person, over-the-phone, or online counseling sessions for short-term issues. Issues include emotional health, depression, anxiety, relationship, and substance use. You can receive three or five sessions, depending on your job classification, and unlimited 24/7 access to online self-help resources.
  2. Cost. There is no cost to you. 
  3. Referral required? No referral is needed. If you need more than three or five sessions, the EAP will help you move to a provider in your medical plan’s network.
  4. How to access: Call the EAP 24/7/365 for confidential assistance. 
    1. PEBB: Visit the Canopy website or call 1-800-433-2320
    2. OSU: Visit the Beyond Benefits website or call 1-855-327-4722 

Through your health insurance company
  1. What it covers. Your medical plan covers in-person and virtual confidential counseling for long-term issues. Issues include emotional health, depression, anxiety, relationship, and substance use. In-patient hospitalization services are also covered, if necessary.
  2. Cost. Depending on your plan, you’ll pay a copay or deductible and coinsurance. See here for more details or call the number on the back of your medical ID card.
  3. Referral required? No referral is required for in-network outpatient visits.
  4. How to access. 
Whichever path you choose, we encourage you to take advantage of the benefits and services PEBB offers.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Feb. 10, 2022
National Alliance on Mental Illness, accessed Apr. 10, 2022

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You can perform a mental/emotional health check-up on demand. Take an easy, confidential, and no cost online emotional health assessment through PEBB’s EAPs. Nobody but you will see the results. Just answer a few questions to learn whether you might need a hand. Here’s how to access the assessment: 

  • PEBB: Visit the Canopy website
    • Click on Member Login in the upper right corner to register or log in. 
      • Use codeState of Oregon” 
    • Click “More” under emotional well-being to access the emotional health assessment. (PEBB would never ask for these assessment result.)
  • OSU: Visit the Beyond Benefits/ComPsych website
    • Click on the Register tab. 
      • Select "OSUBEYOND" as the organization web ID. 
    • Then, follow the prompts to register and access the emotional health assessment. (PEBB would never ask for these assessment results.)

How to overcome the fear of getting help

pic4-overcome-fear.jpgIf you need help improving your mental health, it can be hard to take the first step. Perhaps you feel embarrassed or fearful that others might judge you. The truth is, more than 50% of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. 

This can range from mild depression or anxiety to eating disorders, addictive behavior, or more serious conditions that interfere with daily life. No matter your struggle, you’re not alone. The EAP is here to provide confidential assistance. If it seems like you could use a hand, it’s okay to start small. 

Here are some ways to begin:

  1. Make one phone call to the EAP. Trained phone representatives will listen and help get you started. They will direct you to the resources that are best for you. It might include self-help articles, getting advice over the phone, or scheduling time with a counselor.
  2. Use the EAP’s online resources. The EAPs offer a library of informational and self-help articles on depression, anxiety, and many other mental health issues. You can access these resources anytime from the privacy of your home. 
  3. Try just one session with a counselor. The EAP can connect you with a professional. You can talk with them over the phone, via computer, or in-person. You can disclose only the things you feel comfortable sharing. If it’s a positive experience, try a second session. If not, call the EAP again. They are happy to help you find someone who is a better fit.
  4. Join an online support group. It may be helpful to share your experiences with others who are going through similar situations. The EAP can help locate and recommend a support group that might work best for you. 

Kessler RC, Angermeyer M, Anthony JC, et al. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of mental disorders in the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative. World Psychiatry. 2007;6(3):168-176.

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The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) is continually working for you. Throughout the year, the Board selects and manages:
  1. Your medical, dental, and vision benefits
  2. Optional benefits like life and disability insurance
  3. A variety of programs to support your physical and mental well-being.
The Board works on behalf of all eligible public employees and retirees. That's nearly 150,000 PEBB members and dependents who live and work in every county in the state.

Each month, the Board works to ensure that PEBB can offer members valuable benefits at affordable prices — this year, and the next. They use these guiding principles to make their decisions:
  • Access — Ensuring members throughout the state can access proven medical techniques and get the most for their benefit dollars.
  • Innovation with accountability — Focusing on improving the quality and outcomes of care.
  • Patient-centered — Promoting overall wellness by educating patients and helping them practice healthy behaviors and make informed choices. 
  • Health equity — Helping members make informed health care decisions by sharing costs, outcomes, and health data.
  • Collaborative partnerships — Teaming health care providers, the health plan, and members together to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time and at the right place.
  • Reducing hurdles that impact health — Offering health care benefits that PEBB and the members can afford.
Whenever the Board votes on a benefit plan or program, it must meet all the guiding principles to be approved. This helps keep the Board focused on the most important component of their roles — serving members like you! 

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